The Village Shop - Liberty House

Tytherington Life

Village Shop today

Liberty House Village Shop and Post Office c 1900 Liberty House Village Shop and Post Office 1908

Interior of Village Shop Liberty House Village Shop and Post Office c 1960
The Smithy cottage next to Church Cottage became the Post Office about 1892 after the Smithy closed since the quarry had developed its own smithy up the road.  Thomas Tratman became Parish Clerk, and then Post Office receiver. He died in 1892 but his widow continued with the post work, becoming a sub-postmistress. During the typhoid outbreak in 1898 Post Office business was transferred temporarily to a house towards Stow Hill (now Patchwork Cottage), but returned to the Smithy cottage until 1900 when it was transferred to Liberty House which was built by Frederick Churchill Humphries in 1900 the local plumber, sub-postmaster, Baptist and Liberal, on land owned by his Baptist and Liberal uncle, George Boyt.  It was built directly opposite The Grange where Squire Hardwicke lived. This seems to have been a deliberately provocative act!. 

Information about the present village shop can be found here.

Liberty House Click on thumbnail above to enlarge.